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Paloma cocktail in a collins glass with slices of fresh grapefruit

The Rio’s Paloma recipe

Tequila, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, lime juice and you've got a light and refreshing crowd pleaser.
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 295kcal


  • Tom Collins Glasses


  • 5 ounces ice
  • 4 tablespoons Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver or another silver tequila (2 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon Aperol .5 ounce
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup 1 ounce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 1 ounce
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 1 ounce, ruby reds are best
  • 2 tablespoons soda water 1 ounce. We like Topo Chico
  • Optional garnish Dehydrated grapefruit wheel (instructions below) Or lime wedge


  • Using a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake all ingredients except for the soda.
  • Pour into a Collins glass
  • Top with soda
  • Stir
  • Place optional garnish dehydrated grapefruit wheel in glass. Or garnish with a lime wedge.


To create a dehydrated grapefruit wheel, use a mandolin or knife to cut a wheel of grapefruit, and grill on a gas grill over a high flame for no more than one minute on each side. You’ll want to see the grill marks, but not cook the fruit. Cool.
To make Simple Syrup. 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Simple Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for one month.


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 46mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin C: 16mg | Iron: 1mg